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Month: November 2014

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One Minute Review: The Wind Rises (2013) [4.0]

THE WIND RISES Release Date 8 November 2013 Director Hayao Mayazaki Screenplay Hayao Mayazaki Mike Jones (english version) Animation Rated PG-13 126 minutes — 4 out of 5 stars Marked to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, “The Wind Rises” delivers an animated feast of colors beyond any of his previous films including “Spirited Away” (2002) and “Howls Moving Castle” (2005). Delving more into the … Read More One Minute Review: The Wind Rises (2013) [4.0]

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Theatrical Releases: Exodus: Gods And Kings & Inherent Vice

Ridley Scott delivers the second Old Testament retelling of the year with “Exodus: Gods And Kings,” with the story of Moses and the Plagues. Visually stunning, with the plagues taking on entirely new forms and the most epic cinematic parting of the sea yet, Scott appears to focus more on great cinematography elements rather than focusing much on characters or reshaping the story. The … Read More Theatrical Releases: Exodus: Gods And Kings & Inherent Vice

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Theatrical Releases: Horrible Bosses 2 & Penguins Of Madagascar

“Horrible Bosses 2” is the sequel no one asked for but got anyway. Not that the first installment wasn’t good, but who would have thought there needed to be a second one. Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day return, this time with a few new horrible bosses in the form of Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. With only one trailer that came out … Read More Theatrical Releases: Horrible Bosses 2 & Penguins Of Madagascar

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Tuesday Releases: The Expendables 3 & The Giver

NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 THE EXPENDABLES 3 // Sylvester Stallone continues to help write and star in his bombastic action series, this time delivering the first PG-13 endeavor, “The Expendables 3”. Overloading the cast with even more action stars and even poking fun at that fact in the trailer, Stallone has officially outdone himself. With almost all of the former cast returning, including Jason Statham, Terry … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Expendables 3 & The Giver

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Theatrical Releases: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One

Setting the stage for the final installment of “The Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay Part One” unfortunately feels like the cash grab that everyone predicted it to be. Without a fulfilling story arc, the film does not stand on its own. Jennifer Lawrence is provides a stellar performance and despite his premature death, Philip Seymour Hoffman is present throughout the entire film. Adding newcomers to … Read More Theatrical Releases: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One

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Tuesday Releases: 22 Jump Street & Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 22 JUMP STREET // Remember that kid who got picked on in middle school? (I do, because I was one.) Now, remember how eventually they just owned the names that they were being called until it was no longer enjoyable for the other kids to make fun of them? Well, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord took a page out of that … Read More Tuesday Releases: 22 Jump Street & Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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Theatrical Releases: Dumb And Dumber To & Foxcatcher

You may not be able to pronounce her name, but Gugu Mbatha-Raw is becoming the next up and coming actress to watch, first with last year’s period piece drama “Belle” and now, somewhat of a surprise critical success in “Beyond The Lights,” a film that might normally have been regarded as a distinctive genre piece bordering on the melodrama. Instead, it delivers the tale … Read More Theatrical Releases: Dumb And Dumber To & Foxcatcher

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Tuesday Releases: Begin Again & Deliver Us From Evil

OCTOBER 27TH, 2014 BEGIN AGAIN // John Carney trades in his delicate musical touch for celebrity appeal and a bigger budget; $150,000 versus $9 million. “Once” was a love story told through the passion of music with its main ballad, “Falling Slowly,” going on to win the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Begin Again” has a love story buried in it somewhere, … Read More Tuesday Releases: Begin Again & Deliver Us From Evil

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Tuesday Releases: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & Let’s Be Cops

NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 // “How To Train Your Dragon 2” is a sequel with gravitas.  There is a weight to the characters and their situations that builds off the first film almost perfectly. Director Dean DeBlois and his writers recognize what makes a franchise special, by raising the stakes and injecting new life into not just the original … Read More Tuesday Releases: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & Let’s Be Cops

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One Minute Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014) [3.0]

LET’S BE COPS Release Date 13 August 2014 Director Luke Greenfield Screenplay Luke Greenfield Nicholas Thomas Action, Comedy Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use 104 minutes — 3 out of 5 stars How are people not familiar with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. yet? Johnson has been the supporting player in several high profile comedies … Read More One Minute Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014) [3.0]

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Theatrical Releases: Interstellar & Big Hero 6

When 14-year-old Hiro loses his brother in a fire and finds out that his own invention is being used by a Kabuki mask wearing villain to threaten the city of San Fransokyo, he must bring together his brother’s friends and a white vinyl robot named Baymax in hopes of bringing this villain to justice. Following nicely in their newly laid footsteps of “Wreck It … Read More Theatrical Releases: Interstellar & Big Hero 6

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Tuesday Releases: Hercules & Maleficent

NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014 HERCULES // Never has marketing been more misleading than it was for the new Dwayne Johnson vehicle “Hercules”. With trailers touting the legendary character of Hercules and his Twelve Labors from the Gods, which involved fighting several different monsters including a giant lion, a three headed hydra, and massive boar, most people stepping into the theater to see this film would … Read More Tuesday Releases: Hercules & Maleficent